Professor Arturo Aldama
Associate Professor • Department Chair
Chicanx / Latinx Studies

Office Location: Ketchum 184D

Pronouns: he / him / his



Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley - Ethnic Studies, 1996
M.A., University of California, Berkeley - Ethnic Studies, 1993
B.A., Evergreen State College - English-American Studies, 1988

Research Interests

US/México border studies, immigration; Chicanx popular culture, film, music, performativity, and indigeneity. US Latinx cultural studies, and Latin American subaltern studies, decolonial theories of identity, race, and gender.

Dr. Arturo J. Aldama, born in Mexico City and grew up in Sacramento, California, serves as an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Ethnic Studies at CU Boulder and recently served as Director of CSERA (Center for Studies in Ethnicity and Race in the Americas). He received an MA and PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1996. 

What's New

Currently, we just received an advanced contract for a book titled Decolonizing Latinx Masculinties with the University of Arizona Press to be part of our series called Latinx Pop Culture.

The book will feature established and up and coming scholars and creative writers to produce new and cutting edge work and has its goals the following synopsis: Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities seeks to put front and center the significant impact of gender and sexuality in decolonial epistemologies and practices. It seeks to at once show how the dominant and Latinx culture can and does reproduce toxic masculinities as well as how strategic Latinx un-gendering practices disrupt otherwise restrictive normativities. It seeks to demonstrate differences between Latinx masculinities experienced within different historically and regionally located communities. It seeks to consider consider material effects (from micro aggressions to hate crimes) that dominant discourses condone and perpetuate towards LGBTQ Latinxs. It considers practices of masculine behaviors that are not tied to issues of physiology and birth-genitalia. It considers non-binary gender identities that honor the intersectional struggles for trans Chicanx and Latinx subjectivities. It seeks to provide new perspectives on the political, social, and historical dynamic of hemispheric Latinx masculinities.  It seeks to reveal how a complex, living, experiential-based theory of Latinx masculinities within a hemispheric, decolonial perspective generates new meaning, affirms complexity within our communities, and offers social and political critique. It seeks to honor and celebrate innovative producers of cultural phenomena that pushes against fixed, restrictive, and destructive notions of Latinx masculinities. Finally, it seeks to call out the wide scale criminalization of Latinx communities—men in particular- by the white supremacist narratives that drive much of mainstream political narratives and rhetoric and federal practice.

In addition, I will be presenting two papers one on cumbia music and dance and social noesis in times of crisis for the Society of Ethnomusicology annual conference to be held in New Mexico Fall 2018; and the second paper will be on gender identities from “toxic masculinities” in the AMC series Breaking Bad to disrupting gender binaries in the film Mosquita y Mari to be presented at the annual American Studies Association conference, Fall 2018.

"What's New" updated July 2018

Selected Publications


Aldama, Arturo. Disrupting Savagism: Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexican Immigrant and Native American Struggles for Representation Duke University Press (Latin American Otherwise Series).

Aldama, Arturo. Violence and the Body:  Race, Gender and the State Indiana University Press, 2003.

Edited Volumes

Aldama, Arturo. Ed, Decolonial Voices: Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies in the 21st Century, Indiana University Press, 2003.

Aldama, Arturo, Lourdes Gutierrez-Najera, and M. Bianet Castellanos, eds. Comparative Indigeneities of the Americas. Introduction (co-author) and a single author chapter in book, not a reprint on US nativism and criminalization of immigrants. University of Arizona Press, 2012. Inaugural book in Critical Indigenous Studies.

Aldama, Arturo. Performing the US Latino BorderlandsPrincipal Editor. Indiana University Press (2012).  Introduction and a single chapter will be published in this book.

Refereed Articles

Aldama, Arturo. “Cognition, Fear and Praxis: A Response to Children of Men.: World Narrative Fiction. Austin. UT Press, appeared in print October 30, 2011.

Other Editorial Experience

He served as the popular culture, art and film editor of Encyclopedia of Latina and Latino Popular Culture (Greenwood, 2004), a 400,000 word, multi-volume project that is the first of its kind.

He served as Editor for CU press book, Enduring Legacies: Colorado Ethnic Histories and Cultures (2011).

Special issue, Biopower and Racial Politics in the Arizona Borderlands and beyond. Bad Subjects (UC Berkeley). Lead Editor and contributor. July 2011.

He also served as an associate contributing editor for Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, and Education. Executive Editor. Gary Keller. Bilingual Review Press, 2003.